That's the thing about friends, isn't it?
The more one loves them, or the closer one is to their friends, the more it hurts to see them go.
True, that's always a tough pill to swallow, but you're just gonna have to make the best of it.
Some of these examples include the passing of a friend, when you have to end a friendship, or worse, when one has to move away.
When a friend moves away, that can be sad, but the memories will live on. Friends come into our lives, and they stay for a bit, but after some time, they have to go. Some reasons for moving away is because someone's parents has a new job in a new town, or maybe they're looking to find a new home, or maybe the place were they live may need more space.
While it may be hard to say goodbye, that's how life is, unfortunately.
For those who don't know, Waybuloo is a former television programming series on CBeebies which premiered the same day as Tronji debuted on CBBC, on May 11, 2009, and ended on October 17, 2012. It starred 4 baby animal like creatures, known as "Piplings", which are:
Lau Lau, the lilac bunny, Nok Tok, the blue polar bear, Yojojo, the orange monkey, and De Li, the pink kitten. The series even features stuff such as Yogo, Peeka, and even a flashback in one episode. The show also features the cheebies, as well in 2012 with a new shorter version of Waybuloo, released with narration by Dave Lamb, who was known for being in Come Dine With Me, Danger Mouse and even Big Barn Farm. It was one of my favorite CBeebies show that aired for 3 years. Prior to Dave Lamb, there was the original 19-minute version when it came out in 2009.
But what would happen if something as innocent and child-friendly as Waybuloo would take a dark spin into reality? No, I'm not talking about any fanfictions or series finales or any of that, I'm talking about the conclusion to everything. The finale. The endgame. The moment where you realize you have to accept that what you love is coming to a close. That's what I'm talking about. Well, if I were to be completely honest, that happened to me before. Experiencing what would come as the ultimate culmination of all of the past adventures we went on with the Piplings, the Cheebies, and others, was something I can firmly say is a reality. A cold and brutal one, but still.
It was on the fateful day of October 17, 2012, when Waybuloo would come to an end. I would host a screening of the finale at my house, and I was only seventeen years old. Prior to this, I learned that Dave Lamb, the actor who was on the spin-off version the show, that the show is no longer airing on TV in its traditional format, because, as with everything (including children), the network is growing and evolving. Once the date drew nearer, I looked at the guide of October 17, 2021, and it showed the schedule for Waybuloo. I delivered the news and said that I would be hosting a screening of the finale at my house on October 17, 2021, probably 9 years after it ended, and everyone was all invited to attend. When I told my family about it, they got really excited to watch it with me.
"Well, there's so much to do!" I said. "Let's round up some guests!"
I sent invitations to the finale to many famous CBeebies saying that it would be at 7:00, Then the day arrived. About time. The host of Justin's House who was none other than Justin Fletcher said that it claimed itself to wrap up Waybuloo as a whole.
While the food was being prepared, including buttery popcorn, I made sure to record the entire episode, as I wanted to remember this moment. Always.
Then the doorbell rang, prompting our dogs to start barking. It must be the guests I invited! I thought. I went over to the front door and opened it. "Do come in!" I exclaimed. To my amazement, there were A LOT of guests I had invited. I could tell that they had brought their kids, probably because they wanted to experience the final airing as well. "Well, hello, Cheebies! It's so good to see you! Welcome to the screening of the final show of Waybuloo!" I exclaimed. "Feel free to do whatever you want, but remember! The final airing of Waybuloo is at 7:00 PM tonight, and I think this would be your first and only chance to see it, and will be in the movie room."
After I said that, I pointed to where the final show would be located at. The parents and their children took that to mind as some parents let their kids go to be free to do anything they pleased.
Eventually, hours passed, and the time finally arrived.
"Attention, everybody," I announced. "It's almost time for the show. Please locate to the movie room and take a seat."
The parents and kids stopped what they were doing and started to head into the movie room. My family followed behind with a bowl of buttery popcorn. Once I was sure the first repeat of Waybuloo was still almost over, I turned to everyone and said, "Hi, everyone!" This caught everyone's attention. "Having a good time, are you?" Everyone shouted voices of agreement. "It's good to see you, first of all. I'm so glad you came! Uh, how's it going, first of all?"
"GOOD!" everyone shouted.
"Good?" I replied. "Well, good for me, too! Now, the reason we're all here is because I want to welcome you to the final airing of Waybuloo!" Everyone cheered, then I continued. "Ever since the launch of Waybuloo 13 years ago, this show has been meant to help preschoolers do yogo with Piplings. Episodes featured usually centered around a different educational theme. The episodes also taught some exercises to keep you relaxing, such as animals and moves. We've come a long way since 2009, and now it's time to give it a proper sendoff, the sendoff it needs and deserves. To the parents who are here, if you have kids who used to watch this, we ask that you please let them stand and let us recognize them."
They did as we all applauded.
"Without all of you Cheebies, we probably wouldn't be here today. So now that's taken care of, let's join forces together as we watch the SERIES FINALE OF WAYBULOO!"
Soon enough, "And now, the final Waybuloo episode." The CBeebies announcer said as the book with the tube sleeping in it revealed the title of the logo. It then showed the view of nara to which Dave (who was in the spin-off version) said: "Welcome to Nara." We then cut to the Piplings sitting in a rock, and Dave then said: "Let's meet the Piplings, one... more... time." We all went wild as we greeted them one last time. To our surprise, however, there were a ton of screenshot portraits in the background. Why was that? Was this a memorial episode?
We were about to find out. The Piplings did their casual greeting as they do for each episode, and I could tell that they were about to go on a moving adventure, because they were talking about it. When Nok Tok asked us if we were ready to go on a moving adventure with them, we shouted, "YEAH!"
"Good!" De Li replied. "Because believe it or not, it's that time of day..."
"When we say..." Lau Lau and Yojojo added.
Nok Tok then proceeded to stand up and sing the Welcome Song (like in the Sprout Goodnight Show), with Dave filling in his blanks with the wrong words. The first "Way..." was accompanied by "Swapsy boxes?", and the second "Way..." was accompanied by "Bongleberry bubbles?" It was actually...
During the song, we decided to play along. We clapped along to the song, and along with the kids who shouted "NO!" to Dave's two guesses, did just that. Once the song ended, we all went wild, knowing that it would be the last time we would hear that song. The kids who were in the song were the ones most wild. I guess it was because this was the last time we see the Piplings for now. Nok Tok and the other Piplings then proceeded to sit back down on the rock and Dave said, "I can surely guarantee you that this is going to be a great show, because we and the cheebies can't wait to go on a memorial adventure with you." A sigh from Nok Tok however, begged to differ. "What's wrong, Nok Tok?" Dave asked.
"I can't believe it." Nok Tok replied. "It's the last episode of our show. We had songs, stories, arts and crafts, stretches, games, it was awesome!" As he said that, I scrambled for another handful of buttery popcorn. Dave then said, "Well, Nok Tok, everything has to come to an end sooner or later eventually. We can't go on forever, can't we? I mean, think about it like this: even though we put on a great show for the past 12 years, the cheebies at home want to see something new. Something original. Something completely different! Right, cheebies at home?" The Piplings turned to us as he said the last four words.
"YEAH!" we all shouted. We couldn't agree more.
"I knew you'd all agree with me," Dave said. We were enjoying ourselves with this episode! We almost thought it was gonna capture the lighthearted fun of the episodes, but in a whole new way. The Piplings cheered up and then Nok Tok said, "Well, I'd never!" Things seemed to look normal so far. I thought things were going to be just fine, but little did I know, things were going to change a lot from there. Suddenly, the cheebies's voices can be heard (not us, the actual cheebies in the show) "Cheebies?" Nok Tok exclaimed. Dave then said: "Let's play Peeka one more time!" Soon after, the Piplings started playing Peeka with the Cheebies, like in the episode "Sneezy Nok Tok", as well as various other episodes of the show.
We then see the Piplings around the place where they do Yogo, as well with the Cheebies. Nok Tok cheering up didn't last long, as he noticed he looked sad. "Uh, Nok Tok? What's wrong?" Dave asked.
We could tell that something was wrong with Nok Tok.
Nok Tok sighed and said, "There's something I have to tell you."
"You can tell us anything, Nok Tok!" Yojojo replied.
"Okay," Nok Tok said. "I...I don't know how to tell you this, but..."
Nok Tok took in a deep breath and paused for it to sink in. It was now or never.
"Our show is ending."
When Yojojo, Lau Lau, De Li, and the Cheebies (and even Dave) heard those words, they all gasped, as did we. "But...but...but why?" Dave asked.
"Well, I'm making a clip show to remember our show for the past 3 years. It might look pretty cool, but I'll really miss Nara, the Narabugs, the Narmoles, and all the memories I've spent with them."
I couldn't believe it. Is that why there were video tapes in Nok Tok's house when the show started?
"You can't end our show, Nok Tok!" Dave exclaimed. "We're your friends! We did so much together! Without us Piplings, who's gonna play Peeka? Who's gonna feed the Narabugs? Who's gonna do Yogo?"
"I know, I know," Nok Tok replied as he hugged the other Piplings. This was extremely cute in my opinion. "I don't wanna go, either, but everything's not gonna be that gloomy. In fact, if you really think about it, you can really appreciate things you don't want to happen to you in brand new ways. It's all about change. You may not like it at first, but you'll soon learn to appreciate things!" Pretty interesting, I must say.
"So, does that mean our show ending is technically considered changes, and as time passes, we have to learn to accept them?" De Li asked. Nok Tok then said, "That's right! People have to learn that life isn't all sunshine and rainbows and happiness all the time. It's filled with change."
"It is?" Lau Lau asked.
Nok Tok nodded. "Yes, it is. True, change can be difficult, especially if it's a scenario like this, but as long as we're able to move on, everything will be okay."
"Really?" Dave asked.
"Yes," Nok Tok replied. The Piplings, Narabugs, and Cheebies turned to the camera, as Dave said, "When someone moves away, sometimes it can make you sad, or even a little mad, or a little bit of both. It could be a friend of yours, a longtime friend, or a friend you've made since you've moved to the town where they're at. So, the more time we spend with our friends, the greater the feelings of disappointment we’ll feel when they inevitably go away. It’s a real thing for adults and for children. We may not be able to see them again, but we'll still be able to remember them, and maybe they'll leave a little something for you, and you could return the favor. That way, you'll have a little bit of each other, wherever your paths take you."
"Really? You mean it?" Nok Tok asked. The others nodded. "Oh, okay," Dave uttered, defeated. "Well, I'll miss you, Cheebies at home, but I'll still remember you."
"So will I, Star," Nok Tok replied.
He then turned to the camera and, as if it were a secret, said, "And if it's your buloo, too, a very special 'see you all again soon' to you, too, and a very special goodbye. I'm gonna miss you. I hope you'll remember me as I'll remember you. But, if you're still awake, let's see what we're going to have." Then, to Nok Tok, she said, "Hey, Nok Tok, can you tell us what it is?" Nok Tok then said: "Well, we're not doing Yogo today, but instead, we are doing a BIG clip show for all of you to remember!"
We all gasped in excitement.
“OK, it’s time for a very important clip show to remember our beloved piplings.” Dave said.
The clip show started. The many clips seen throughout the clip show featured some episodes, such as the ones from series 1, 2, and 3 while the Yogo music played in the background. As soon as the slideshow finished, it was a good thing that we had our tissue boxes, because the final minutes of the block would have us requiring them. soon enough, we cut back to the episode.
"Welcome back to Nara!" Dave said. "What a great final show this has been, and without you, it probably wouldn't be unforgettable. Thank you so much for joining us on our wonderful adventure. We've done a lot lately. We did Yogo, played Peeka, did some Pipling activities, and most importantly, What a magical good show we had together. I'm never gonna forget this final good night with you. Never." Then something caught the Piplings' eyes. They headed over to see what it was.
"The Narabugs' already sleeping as they're waiting for the Piplings to return home." Nok Tok said. "I wonder what they're dreaming of. Maybe he's dreaming of our home and what it will bring."
Once the camera cut back to the cast, Dave said, "And now it looks like there's one more friend to say goodbye to."
The camera cut to a closeup of a Narmole as Nok Tok's voice was heard. "Goodnight and goodbye, Narmole," she said. Then it cut back to him, as he turned to the camera and added, "And goodnight and goodbye to you, too, voice. Sleep tight, and don't forget me, okay? I'll never forget those good nights we all had. You, me, De Li, Lau Lau, Yojojo, and the other cheebies. We've had a lot of fun. We've done a lot lately, and now...the time has come to say goodbye. Though our stories will have separate ends, thank you for everything and for coming along with us on all those good night adventures. And always remember, even if we aren't around, you'll always be with me...like a handprint on my heart." As he said the last few words, he put a hand or two to his heart as he started to walk away from the log.
I smiled a bit at this.
"Promise me one thing, though, before I go," Nok Tok added as he stopped.
What? What is it? I thought. What did he want us to promise?
"As you grow up, I want you to remember the good times we all had together. Do what's right, get a good night's sleep, and imagine you're with me. By doing that, you'll be able to keep the memories that we shared that will last a lifetime. My time with you are moments that will last forever. Oh, and if you ever happen to move to a new home, like me, remember this: when you learn to move on and realize that having a new house isn't as bad as you'd probably think it would be, just remember that you were promised that everything would be okay from the very beginning."
Then, as the music began, he concluded, "So, that's what happens when Piplings feel happy."
The Piplings then said: "Waybulooooo!" as usual. "See you all again soon, everyone." Dave said.
After he said that, the Piplings proceeded to sing the first line of the Goodnight Song (or "Hey, OK") from Sprout's Good Night Show.
We had a fantastic show
But now it's time to say
I was confused at first. Normally, Nok Tok would sing "good night" in the song. After some time, I assumed that Nok Tok was replacing "good night" with "goodbye" just for this one episode. After the Piplings said, "OK", the camera dissolved to the Cheebies and Narabugs sleeping, and returned to them as she sung, "time to say". As Yojojo sung "Goodbye", The Piplings turned off their lamps and went over to their houses and continued to sing.
"'Cause we've got places to go
Bubbles to blow
Stories to share
And dreams to grow
On the last word, we were all brought to tears as we all waved to them. Goodbye, Piplings, I thought. I was really going to miss them.
The Narabugs then appeared, and the camera cut outside their homes, as they flew away as the last guitar strums played. As the screenbug disappeared, the Narabugs stopped to wink at the camera, and we waved at them as well, before they flew away. After that, the credits rolled while the well-known Pajanimals song “La-La-Lullaby” was playing in the background, as well as a promo for the website for CBeebies on www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies played, we were all sobbing, not loudly, but calmly and bitterly. What a grand finale this had been!
Once the website promo had ended, we all said our goodbyes and, once everyone went home for the evening, me and my family went to our rooms to get some sleep for the night. I, on the other hand, was the last one awake, as I spent hours in my room watching TV before I fell asleep.
Don't worry, Piplings, I thought. I'll never forget all the adventures we all had together. And I'll never forget this one. I promise...
As time passed, sadly, nothing would ever be the same anymore. Waybuloo got taken off CBeebies in 2018. It was a good thing I recorded the final time Waybuloo would be on TV, and with my mom's help, I put it on Internet Archive for the world to see. Here's hoping these petitions work, because if they don't, well, then, I don't know what else will. Then again, moving on can be hard, but when you realize that it isn't as bad as you'd think it would be, you were promised before you were born that everything would be okay from the very beginning.